COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL)— One Columbus native made her dancing debut this past weekend in Tyler Perry’s most recent release A Jazzman’s Blues which features a storyline of forbidden love back in the 30’s.

Her journey to the big screen was not an easy one; she sat down with WRBL to provide insight into her road to millions of screens across the globe.

Morgan Faithe Harrell, 26, was born and raised here in the Fountain City. Graduating from Northside High School in 2014, she went on to major in dance at Kennesaw State University where she graduated in 2019. While graduation is a time of celebration, this was also the same year Harrell was in a car crash tearing her left bicep—an injury doctors told her she may never fully recover from.

“I almost gave up on myself. That was the first time that I… I felt like I failed. Like failing God, but I had a good attitude you know, ‘whatever happens, happens.’ God, he guided me to this far. I think it happened for a reason,” Harrell shared.

After surgery, months of rehab, and a pause in her dance career; Harrell says she felt the word of God tell her to print a picture of Tyler Perry to put in her bible. During recovery she turned to scripture and tuned into Perry’s motivational speeches. She recalls hearing his saying, ‘you go in with the word, out with the word,’ in reference to the bibles he buried under his studios and property.

Then just a few months later, Harrell’s agent told her about an upcoming audition for Tyler Perry’s first ever screenplay A Jazzman’s Blues.

“I was thinking about not going because I was thinking about, ‘okay am I ready?’ I was getting that doubt from, you know, going through a tragedy. But… I did get the part,” she said.

 Harrell landed the role of a juke joint dancer choreographed by Debbie Allen; award-winning director, producer, and choreographer who Harrell happened to meet in a previous dance intensive as a student at Kennesaw State. From relying on her faith, listening to the word of God, and auditioning for her first role after surgery; Harrell says the journey was surreal

”I think really the biggest moment, besides seeing myself in the movies, was when I was watching my parents and seeing my name in the credits with just all the lead actors, it was the first time that my parents kind of got emotional. I feel like my dreams, my dreams really are coming true. I give God thanks, I really do,” she described.

Harrell says although she always knew she wanted to be a dancer—she says her main goal is to be God’s vessel and use her gifts and talents to help other people.

Tomorrow, Oct. 1, she will be offering classes to teach the choreography from A Jazzman’s Blues here in Columbus. Classes are open to all levels of dancers, those times and how to get additional information is linked below.